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Twilight Soundtrack (Music CD) by Alexandra Patsavas and Paul Katz

Bibliography:

Patsavas, Alexandra. (Producer). Katz, Paul. (Producer). (2008) Twilight Soundtrack [CD]. Chop Shop/Atlantic Records. 12 tracks, 45:30 min.

Content Summary:

1. “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse                               3:31
2. “Decode” by Paramore                                                    4:21
3. “Full Moon” by The Black Ghosts                                    3:50
4. “Leave Out All the Rest” by Linkin Park                           3:19
5. “Spotlight” (Twilight Mix) by Mutemath                              3:20
6. “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)” by Perry Farrell          3:27
7. “Tremble for My Beloved” by Collective Soul                    3:53
8. “I Caught Myself” by Paramore                                         3:55
9. “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation                                   5:01
10. “Never Think” by Robert Pattinson                                 4:29
11. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine           4:02
12. “Bella’s Lullaby” by Carter Burwell                                  2:20

Critical Evaluation:

This is a fabulous soundtrack that has twelve tracks from popular music artists such as Muse and Paramore. One of the tracks is done by Carter Burwell who composed the score for the Twilight movie. Another track is done by Robert Pattinson himself. The collection of songs is fantastic. Each song was chosen for a scene that fits perfectly with what is happening in the movie. There is an upbeat song for when the Cullens are playing baseball, a quiet romantic song in the background for when Bella and Edward are eating dinner, and a soft love song for when Bella and Edward are slow dancing at the prom. It is easy to picture the different scenes from the movie when listening to the soundtrack. There is a good assortment of artists and songs on this album that is sure to appeal to young adults, especially those who are fans of the Twilight movie.

Reader’s Annotation:

N/A

Author:

The Twilight soundtrack is the official music for the 2008 film Twilight. The soundtrack was chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas and help from Paul Katz. The album was released on November 4, 2008 by Patsavas’ Chop Shop label in conjunction with Atlantic Records. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold about 165,000 copies in its first week of release.

Twilight is the best-selling theatrical movie soundtrack in the United States since Chicago. Both the soundtrack and the lead single, “Decode” by Paramore, were nominated for the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Genre:

Music CD/Soundtrack

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

N/A

Interest Level:

YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this CD:

Young adults love the movie, so I thought they would like the soundtrack too. It has some really good artists on it.

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Waking Up (CD Album) by OneRepublic

Bibliography:

OneRepublic. Tedder, Ryan. (Producer). (2009) Waking Up [CD]. Mosely Music Group, Interscope. 11 tracks, 47:28 min.

Content Summary:

“Made for You”                     4:18
“All the Right Moves”            3:58
“Secrets”                              3:44
“Everybody Loves Me”         3:34
“Missing Persons 1 & 2”       4:59
“Good Life”                          4:13
“All This Time”                      4:03
“Fear”                                  3:48
“Waking Up”                         6:09
“Marchin On”                        4:13
“Lullaby”                               4:38

Critical Evaluation:

This album produced four hit singles, “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets,” “Good Life,” and “Marchin On,” that can be heard playing on the radio quite often. They are a talented American pop rock group that consists of five members. They have a very acoustic feel and sound to their music that is pleasing to the eardrums. Their songs are catchy and easy to sing along to. They use up-beat melodies that are a mix of all sorts of genres from rock and pop to indie and hip hop. Their music was nominated three times by the Teen Choice Award and won the Teen Choice Award once for Best Rock Track. Their songs make a lot of featured appearances on movies and television programs such as, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Gossip Girl, and The Vampire Diaries. All shows that are produced for teens, so it is a good chance if they have not listened to this album they have at least heard one or more of their songs between shows and the radio. Teens will love this album.

Reader’s Annotation:

N/A

Author:

OneRepublic is an American alternative rock band from Colorado Springs, Colorado. They formed in 2002 by between Ryan Tedder and Sach Filkins. They become the most prominent unsigned act on the MySpace website. In 2006, they signed onto Mosley Music Group and released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, in 2007.

The band’s second album, Waking Up, was released on November 17, 2009. The lead single from the album was “All the Right Moves”, which charted in the top 10 in Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, and in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Genre:

Music CD/Alternative Rock

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

N/A

Interest Level:

YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this CD:

I chose this CD because I think it is really good and I hear their music on the radio all the time, plus their songs appear on young adult shows frequently so teens have probably heard their music and enjoy it.

 
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Seventeen (Magazine) by Hearst Corporation

Bibliography:

Shoket, Ann. (Editor). (1944). Seventeen [Magazine]. USA: Hearst Corporation.

Content Summary:

Each issue covers these eight sections (roughly): fashion; beauty; celebrities; love life; health; college life; parties & prom; and quizzes, games, & fun. For each section you can find all sorts of information pertaining to that topic. For example, for the fashion section you will find the latest fashion styles for clothes, shoes, and hair. Or for the beauty section you will find all sorts of beauty products to make yourself look beautiful or how to make your hair soft and shiny. Celebrities gives you gossip on different stars. Love life will give you tips and ideas for your romantic life. Health covers such things are what foods are good for high metabolisms. College life gives you a look into dorms and campuses. Parties and prom may have dress ideas for you or what you can expect for such a night. And the quizzes, games, and fun is just what is says.

Critical Evaluation:

This magazine is popular among teen girls and has been around since 1944. There are fashion tips galore to be found in this magazine. A multitude of ways to look cute and fashionable. Ways to get naturally pretty by using various techniques. Fashion products under a certain value, such as $20, or for a certain occasion, such as spring break. Seventeen has it all. It is a great magazine to hear gossip on different actors. Teenage girls love this magazine. The issue I have with this magazine is its incessant amount of ads and very little amount of articles. Also, its need to give fashion ideas that make you look like a runway model is kind of disturbing. I would like to think that teens are making their own choices on their fashion, but sadly that is not the case all of the time. I can see the appeal for teen girls who want to look fashionable, but I would probably recommend something along the lines of Kiki magazine if you were looking for a fashion magazine. All in all, I would say it does a great job on giving a lot fashion tips and ideas for teen girls.

Reader’s Annotation:

Can’t decide what to where to that beach party next week? Never fear, Seventeen has several ideas just for you.

About:

Seventeen is a magazine published in the United States. It was made with teenagers in mind and covers a lot of topics teens may worry about, such as fashion, relationships, and college. It was first published in 1944 by Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Publications. However, News Corporation bought Triangle Publications in 1988, and then sold Seventeen to K-Ill Communications, which was later known as Primedia, in 1991. Primedia then sold the magazine to Hearst Corporation in 2003.

Seventeen is still one of the top most popular magazines among the growing competition. It is geared towards young girls and women from the ages 12-21. There are eight different international editions of this magazine.

Genre:

Magazine/Fashion

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

All the fashion ideas you could need.

Reading Level/Interest Level:

YA/YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this magazine:

I chose this magazine because it has been around for a long time and is still popular among young adults.

 
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Shonen Jump (Magazine) by Hyoe Narita

Bibliography:

Narita, Hyoe. (Publisher). (2002). Shonen Jump [Magazine]. San Francisco, CA: VIZ Media.

Content Summary:

Each issue is main made up of chapters from seven different manga series that are currently being published. Some of the manga series will provide you with a couple chapters, or even a few, if it is a particularly large manga, such as One Piece or Naruto. You can find is each issue product reviews for different anime and manga related toys and games. There are articles on the Japanese language and culture as well as interviews with different manga authors and artists. In each issue you can find manga and anime related news. There is a fan section were fan art is featured and letters from the readers. Also, each issue has an interactive games section and a trivia section. Most issues generally have free premiums, such as rare cards used for different manga and anime card games, or DVD previews, and video game demo discs. Also, an index of what you can look forward to in the next issue.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a magazine that issues chapters from the most popular manga series, such as Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball, Black Cat, Death Note, Tegami Bachi, and Rosario Vampire, just to name a few. Each issue has a different set of manga chapters of what you can look forward to in the next book of the series. There are also sweepstakes where you can win things from your favorite manga series or possibly free Yu-Gi-Oh! cards inside. Learn new Japanese symbols or directions on how to play card games that pertain to your favorite manga series. There are Brain Benders and Monthly Puzzles in each issue at the end of the magazine. Also, there is a list of upcoming manga chapters for the next issue to keep you exciting for more. This is a great magazine for teens who enjoy manga novel or for reluctant readers who aren’t quite sure what they want to read because it gives this at least seven different snippets of what they can expect from different manga series. This magazine is read backwards like a traditional Japanese manga.

Reader’s Annotation:

Advanced chapters of your favorite upcoming manga series. One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach in your hands before the next volume comes out.

About:

Shonen Jump, officially stylized SHONEN JUMP and abbreviated SJ, is a shonen manga anthology that is  published in North America by VIZ Media. It debuted in November 2002 with the first issue having a January 2003 cover date and is based after Shueisha’s popular Japanese magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. Shonen Jump is made for English readers and the American audience, including changing it from a weekly publication to a monthly one.

Genre:

Magazine/Manga

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

Tons of manga in one issue!

Reading Level/Interest Level:

YA/YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this magazine:

For those who love manga this is the perfect magazine. Also, I noticed it is one of the most popular young adult magazines at the library.

 
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Freegalmusic.com (database) powered by Freegal

Bibliography:

Freegal. Freegalmusic.com. Library Ideas LLC, 2011. (Music Database through the library only)

Plot Summary:

N/A

Critical Evaluation:

If you have a library card, you can get free music. Freegal is a music database offered by some libraries that allows you to download three free songs a week and all you have to have is a library card with a pin number through one of the sponsoring libraries. This is a great idea for libraries to have because a lot of people like music and have MP3 players and now they can have free music to listen to. The database is easy to maneuver through. You can either type in what you are looking for or do a general search alphabetically. They have hot artists and songs, featured songs, or search by genre. The only qualm I have about this database is it doesn’t have everything because only the artist that are willing to give out free music can be found on the database. However, music is a hot commodity, especially among teens. Given the fact that so many teens are seen with headphones in their ears listening to their music, this is a great database for teens to check out.

Reader’s Annotation:

Free music for you! All you have to do is have a library card.

About:

Freegal Music is a service that allows you to download music for free. It is a music service sold to libraries for your free use so long as you are a registered library card holder. You must check with your local library to see if they offer this service to its members. You can only access the Freegal Music website through the library URL from a link they will provide you with.

The Freegal Music Service is a databse operated by a private company known as Library Ideas, LLC located in Fairfax, Virginia. If you have any questions about his database you will have to contact your local library who is a subscriber.

Genre:

Database/Music

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

N/A

Interest Level:

YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this database:

This is a great database. People love music, especially teens.

 
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Sand Chronicles 1 by Hinako Ashihara

Bibliography:

Ashihara, Hinako. Sand Chronicles 1. VIZ Media, 2008. 175 pages. ISBN 978-1-42151-477-2

Plot Summary:

Ann is rifling through her old stuff and comes across an hour glass and reminisces from when she got the hour glass up until the present. When Ann was twelve years old her parents had gotten a divorce and Ann and her mother moved back to her mother’s hometown to live with Ann’s grandparents. It takes Ann a while to deal with this, but she eventually meets some new friends, including Daigo. She makes a wish at temple that her and Daigo will be together always. One night she came home to find out that her mother was missing. Not too long later they found her dead by a cliff. Now Ann feels even more lonely and abandoned. Daigo tries to be there fore her and she leans on Daigo for support. She really likes Daigo. Her friends talk her into going to a camp for a couple weeks during break and Daigo goes too. On the bus ride back, Ann and Daigo kiss for the first time.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a graphic novel about a young woman who recants her first love while growing up and the hard times she faced. Ann is a fickle character, but I can see a lot of teen girls being able to understand her well. She cares deeply for all of her friends and family and she always has a hard time letting go. Ann had a sad childhood. Her parents got divorced and soon after her mother passed away leaving Ann feeling like she was all alone. Her friendship with Daigo was rough at times, but they loved each other fervently and Ann made a wish at temple that she and Daigo would be together always. This is a wonderful first love and coming of age story that will endure the hearts of teens that are experiencing the same feelings and situations that Ann went through when she was a teen. This is only the first volume of the ten volume manga series.

Reader’s Annotation:

After tragedy strikes her family, Ann leans on her best friend and unexpectedly falls in love.

Author:

Hinako Ashihara (芦原 妃名子 Ashihara Hinako)  was born January 15 in the city of Hyogo, Japan. She is a female Japanese manga author and artist. She has produced the manga Sand Chronicles (consisting of ten volumes), Forbidden Dance (consisting of four volumes), “SOS,” “Ten-nen Bitter Chocolate,” Homemade Home, and “Chouchou Kumo” of better known as (Butterfly Coud).

Ashihara is the winner of the 50th ShogakuanManga Award for her manga Sand Chronicles. The first work that she published was “Sono hanashi okotowari shimasu” (aka, That Sweet Organ Song) which premiered in Bessatsu Shojo Comins, a monthly Japanese manga magazine, in the year 1994.

Genre:

Graphic Novel/Realistic Fiction

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

Ann’s parents just got divorced and she had to move away.

Reading Level/Interest Level:

YA/YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this book:

This is a good realistic manga. A lot of manga are science fiction or fantasy, but I was happy to find this one that had no element of either science fiction or fantasy. Teen girls will love it.

 
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Bokurano: ours 1 by Mohiro Kitoh

Bibliography:

Kitoh, Mohiro. Bokurano: ours 1. VIZ Media, 2010. 198 pages. ISBN 978-1-42153-361-2

Plot Summary:

Fifteen children, all seventh graders, and one fifth grader, are staying at the beach and they wander into a cave situated by the rocky shore. They are surprised to meet a guy in the cave, who claims to be doing research. The kids are curious so they hang around a bit. Then the guy asks if they want to participate in a game, and he tells them that they all have to participate in order for it to work. Some of the kids are reluctant at first, but are persuaded to join. The guy has them all write their name on a piece of paper, all except for the fifth grader, she is allowed to not participate. Once they all have their names written down, he says the game has begun and the kids don’t understand. They leave the cave and head back to their cabin for now. Later one of the boys is unable to sleep so he goes down to sit by the beach, and is join by another boy. All of a sudden this giant alien robot falls out of the sky right into the ocean and they are met with this strange small alien who floats through the air. He tells them that he will be their guide for the games. Now things get interesting.

Critical Evaluation:

This is a science fiction graphic novel that is quite disturbing and would appeal to readers who enjoy dystopian novels. This manga has an interesting and well thought out plot, but the ethics behind it have to be questioned. A group of seventh graders are tricked into piloting this mechanical monster to fight off other alien mechanical monsters that land on Earth and leave a wave of destruction in their path. But the kicker is that fact that after each battle, whoever the pilot of the robot was dies instantly, the life sucked right out of them. This seems wrong that these kids didn’t even know there were going to die. They just thought it would be fun and they would be helping the world from the alien robots. I suppose it is akin to Hunger Games in that they are all kids fighting for a death that is sure to come and there is no way out of it. But unlike Hunger Games, these kids didn’t know in the beginning what they were getting into and they don’t get a fighting chance, they are just killed instantly after the battle is over. All of them are thirteen and younger. It is very depressing yet hard to put down because you want to know what horrible thing is going to happen next. Young adult readers will love this manga series as much as they love dystopian novels.

Reader’s Annotation:

Would you give your life for the whole of mankind? When faced with the truth it’s a tough choice, but these kids didn’t have the choice.

Author:

Mohiro Kitoh (鬼頭 莫宏 Kitō Mohiro) was born August 8, 1966 and is a Japanese manga artist. He was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and graduated from the Nagoya Institute of Technology. He created the manga Shadow Star and Bokurano: Ours, both were adapted into anime series. He designed the ‘Third Angel’ in Evangelion 2.0 and the Septentrions for the sequel of Devil Survivor, known as Devil Survivor 2.

His art and writing are unique and have an identifiable visual style and storyline that almost always lean towards the tragicside of things and focus primarily on the vulnerability and cruelty of human beings. One things you can see throughout his works are graphic depictions of violence and sex involving children. The characters he draws are almost always tall, skinny, and gangly for all ages and genders. His female characters are unlike those of most manga series and generally have small (aka normal-sized) breastsand narrow hips. His male characters are rarely muscular, except under a few circumstances. His facial features are generally small and the expressions are subtle. Nudity is common in his works.

Genre:

Graphic Novel/Science Fiction

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

Giant alien robots are trying to destroy the world.

The worlds safety has been put into the hands of a group of seventh graders.

Reading Level/Interest Level:

YA/YA

Challenge Issues:

N/A

Why I included this book:

This is a really interesting manga series that I happened across and it made me think of the Hunger Games while I was reading it. I think young adults will really enjoy it.

 
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